Hywind Scotland – the world's first floating offshore wind farm – has reached the highest average capacity factor of any wind farm in the UK for its third consecutive year, the operator Equinor announced in a statement on Tuesday.
With an average capacity factor of 57.1% in the twelve months to March 2021, the floating offshore wind farm set a new record in the UK.
"During its first two years of operation, the wind farm achieved an average capacity factor of 54%," the firm said.
With Hywind Tampen onstream in 2022, Equinor will operate a third of the world's floating offshore wind production.
Commenting on the latest development, Sonja Chirico Indrebo, plant manager for Hywind Scotland and Dudgeon stated that the turbines on Hywind Scotland are covered in sensors to extract as much data from the wind farm as possible.
"We're monitoring everything from ballast, mooring, structural strains and the more regular wind turbine sensor data, looking at how best to optimize this innovative technology as we prepare to develop at scale," she said.
By Gulsen Cagatay